October 3rd, 2017

Former NFLer approves.

No, this isn’t a quote from a show about TV chef Emeril Lagasse, or a clip coming from John Madden when he was a broadcaster.

No, this comes from Brian Baldinger, the former NFL offensive lineman who now works for NFL Network.

Baldinger breaks down plenty of film and posts some of his findings on Twitter. Monday, Baldinger showed an example of why the Bucs, despite not having linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, didn’t have a massive drop off in play because of the talents of rookie Kendell Beckwith and reserve linebacker Adarius Glanton.

In particular, Baldinger liked Beckwith’s play.

“Bam!” Baldinger said of a hit he dropped on Giants running back Paul Perkins. “Good, good football player.”

You can watch the clip below.

39 Responses to ““Bam!””

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    Smart hit too…..

  2. Bird Says:

    Joe- is it official that Alexander will play Thursday?

    His instragram yesterday saying “we back”

  3. D-Rome Says:

    I thought Glanton was excellent.

    It’s interesting to me to see that Jason Licht seems to have an eye for picking line backers.

  4. sorryitriggeredyou Says:

    He’s a big dood too. Someone posted on here to leave Beckwith at Mike and move Kwon to SAM. I wondering if that’s might be the plan all along. Either way great to have such a force that can play all LB positions. I hope they start blitzing him more when Kwon comes back.

  5. IAN B Says:

    they wont move Kwon to SAM as it would take him off the field on passing downs.

    Kwon is your MLB and David is your WLB, what Mike Smith needs to do is figure out creative ways to keep Beckwith on the field which means more 3-4 looks and maybe giving him some looks as an edge rusher

  6. Joe Says:

    Joe- is it official that Alexander will play Thursday?


  7. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    And speaking of the great Jason Licht’s “eye for Linebackers” one that he let go mason foster in DC is playing at a really high level

  8. c-spann Says:

    honestly im not surprised by his performance. he was playing in the SEC at a high level before he got hurt. I watched him alot when he was at lsu he always stood out.

  9. NOSBOS Says:

    Gawd I wish there was way to hide Glanton from the rest of the league. I told a partner of mines who now resides in cincy who was worried about there being no Kwon or LVD. I said bro we in good hands with Glanton and KB. Glanton,KB and Lynch all forced turnovers in the pre season. This a playmaking group for this team. Kwon,LVD,KB,Glanton Lynch all seem to have a knack for getting the their hands on footballs.

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    Going to have to keep Beckwith in the middle if you want to keep stopping the run

    “Kobe was ridiculed by the sheep here for my foresight and analytics…I demand an apology”

    Kobe Faker

  11. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “Dusthty Rhothdes Says:
    October 3rd, 2017 at 9:31 am

    And speaking of the great Jason Licht’s “eye for Linebackers” one that he let go mason foster in DC is playing at a really high level”

    He’s a mike. Do you want Foster or Kwon on this team? Kwon also costs about 50% less than Foster this year.

    LB might be the deepest position on this team, still performing quite well, with arguably two of the best players on defense injured, and still, we get a complaint about Licht in this post.

    There’s always a few….

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Kobe’s not allowed to “demand” anything.

  13. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Here’s a weird thought.

    Now maybe not yet, cause kwon is still a tackling machine and knows the defense, however i think we can all agree that Beckwith will be the better tackler.

    On run downs have Beckwith at MLB and have kwon play strongside, on nickel/dime packages pull kwon back to MLB. He is the leader of this defense and we will need him both on the field as much as possible, and on the field in coverage as well.

    Similar to how Ronde played outside and then switched to slot CB on nickel/dime downs.

  14. Buc50 Says:

    Some of you guys must be new to football. Moving Kwon to strongside means he comes off the field during passing downs. That makes no sense at all. Having too many starting caliber LBs is a great problem to have. It will work itself out eventually.

  15. Buccoon Says:

    Beckwith stays at MLB just like Kwon did his rookie year no hard fillings but beckwith is a great football player Kwon simply is not there yet! Trade bait!!!! We can sell Kwon for a player or pick this linebacker room is deep in more could be on the way! Beckwith is a person don’t nobody wanna get hit by he might be rookie of the year!!!if he get to Super Bowl he could win MVP! Anything is possiable

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    You took the words out of my mouth ’87!

  17. Tom Says:

    Switch to 3-4

  18. sorryitriggeredyou Says:

    @Tom yeah that way you can keep the best players on defense on the field.

    Ya’ll know there’s more than one defensive scheme and formation right? It’s not all 4-3 and nickle overages? Points at @Buc50

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    Considering that Beckwith was asked to start at MLB, call the plays, lead the defense and never leave the field in only his 2nd and 3rd professional football games says a LOT about the talent, instincts and intelligence of this player.

    Beckwith was the 107th player drafted (well into the 4th round if not for all the supplemental picks). He suffered a fully torn ACL in his left knee just 10 1/2 months ago.

    That Kendell is playing at such a high level and with so much responsibility – at the very beginning of his rookie year -after such a serious and recent injury… Well – its almost astonishing.

    Haven’t seen this kind of meteoric rise by a later round drafted LB with lowish expectations coming out since… Um – well since 2 years ago when rookie Kwon Alexander grabbed a starting spot from day one and instantly became a budding star.

    Licht is hitting really well on his 1st round draft choices (100% so far with Evans, Winston, Hargreaves and Howard) where the average NFL “bust” rate is between 30-40% –

    Jason is also drafting at a 75% clip on day 2 where the average bust rate of players taken in rounds 2 & 3 is between 50-60% (Sims, D. Smith, Marpet, Spence, J. Evans, Godwin and Beckwith are contributors – ASJ and Aguayo gone).

    But the most amazing job Licht is doing is that of finding talented football players at extremely cheap prices. Where bust rates run in the 70-95% range
    – OG/OT Pamphile – 149th pick 2014
    – DE Jac Smith – UDFA claimed off waivers 2014
    – LB Kwon – 124th pick 2015
    – TE Brate – UDFA 2015
    – WR Humphries – UDFA 2015
    – LB Glanton – UDFA 2015 (snagged off Panther’s PS)
    – CB Ryan Smith – 108th pick 2016
    – OT/OG Benenoch – 148th pick 2016
    – LB Bond – 183rd pick 2016
    – RB Barber – UDFA 2016
    – CB Elliot – UDFA 2016
    – LB Cam Lynch – UDFA 2016
    – OT Wester – UDFA 2016
    – LB Beckwith – 107th pick 2017
    – TE Auclair – UDFA 2017

  20. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Kobe, what you said was that our defense was going to look a lot better without Kwon.

    Here’s the thing though, it hasn’t been. We have yet to cause a turnover or get a sack in Kwons absence.

    You are trying to make it out as thought Kwon is some bum who doesn’t constantly make huge plays for us. The kid is the heart and soul of our defense.

    Beckwith has been fantastic, but his range and coverage ability don’t come close to Kwons as of yet. And MLB’s in today’s league absolutely have got to have great skills in coverage.

    Beckwith can still do all the same run stuffing stuff, and be solid in covering the short stuff. He is here to be good alongside Kwon, not to replace him.

  21. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Not to mention you spew so much nonsensical garbage that you are bound to be at least somewhat close to being right after enough time.

    A broken clock is still right twice a day.

  22. grafikdetail Says:

    nice hit! but i bet Kwon would’ve had better ball awareness and intercepted that one

  23. Buc50 Says:

    That’s right…switch to 3-4 because it’s all about the LBs. You won’t be in a 3-4 on obvious passing downs. Defensive front must also change along with gap responsibility. I’m sure all that can be done mid-season since posters here say so.

  24. Smokeymountainbucfan Says:

    I think the 3-4 defense fits better for the players we have. Or should I say what we’ve witnessed through their game day results. If your not getting to the qb and putting him on his back with the ball still in his hands your not gonna win very many games. Yeah we won 2 but the bears and giants are battling now for the #1 overall pick in next years draft. We’ve got fast linebackers and no edge rushers that are effectively edge rushing. 3-4 looks like a great way to go for the Bucs

  25. The Buc Realist Says:

    Its hard to believe that no one is talking about Justin Evans, who had some good snaps as well this past game!!!!!!! And Conte, who will make a splash play but then a bunch of mistakes in coverage!!!!! He plays the run decent, but is late in recognition or is easily looked off!!!! Same mistakes as a rookie would make!!!!!! I want conte on the roster, but as a backup!!!!!!!! I think we will be seeing more and more of Evans!!!!!!!!

    If all goes to plan for the Bucs, TJ Ward and Evans will be the starting safeties for the last half of the year!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!

  26. Dave Says:

    A fully healthy David and Kwon and Beckwith should be scary.
    I like the idea of all three of them and Glanton out there in a 3/4 Sometimes.
    Send either kwon or David off an edge with their speed

  27. Dave Says:

    Buc realist

    I noticed the same thing. The rookie Evans got some playing time and was not half bad. I know many would argue, but the pass rush disappeared in the second half and the defense of backs play pretty good.
    There was pressure in the first half and Eli and his stats showed it. The second half he built his stats up by throwing a lot of short routes because the cornerbacks were playing off of two great receivers.
    Other than consistent pressure, our decade-long theme, the defense played pretty good.

    I mentioned this somewhere else, but the run defense is exceptional. Sure that kid had a couple decent runs but overall if you take out Eli’s 14 yard scramble for a touchdown, they were held under 3 yards a carry

  28. Kobe Faker Says:


    I never said kwon being out of the lineup but

    Beckwith must be in the middle to stop the run up the gut which was our weakness last year

    Beckwith had to learn nothing. while kwon had to learn the mil as a rookie last year, Beckwith was a mil run stopper since highschool and at LSU while kwon was on the outside. Beckwith has had no adjustments needed and nothing to learn but just the speed of the game(sec is semipro)

    smitty has to know he has to have these 3 on all downs. pats move and use hightower in many different ways

    go 3-4 and have LVD and Kwon blitz on the outside

  29. pick6 Says:

    those guys proved their worth attacking the line of scrimmage. brady, his slot WRs, and gronk will test their cover skills. i haven’t re-watched all of the game but it felt like the giants were able to create a little more action over the middle than in other areas of the field

  30. orlbucfan Says:

    What happened the last time Bucs had excellent linebackers plus talented backups? We only did it once, but here’s hoping history will repeat itself. Yeow, @Pickgrin, Licht is definitely doing a Lichts-out job finding talent. Unreal!!

  31. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Kobe. Before the Vikings game you specifically dissed Kwon.

    Kobe Faker Says:
    September 23rd, 2017 at 10:02 pm
    We will not miss Kwon actually

    Peeps will soon see David plays alot better with Beckwith than along side Kwon in the middle

    Kwon over pursues and is impatient and out of position

    Beckwith can make just as much impact as a run stuffer in the Sam position.

    Kwon is the best Cover Linebacker we have, and in Mike Smiths 4-3 base, Mike’s need to be able to drop deep and cover.

    Yes he had to learn his position, but don’t sit there and act like he is still the same young rook. He has mastered his craft my friend. Imho he has surpassed Bobby Wagner as the best 4-3 Middle Linebacker in the game.

    You will see that when he comes back hungry and healthy.

  32. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Your Quote ends after “Out of Position” btw…

  33. 813bucboi Says:

    Moving Kwon to strongside means he comes off the field during passing downs.

    not really….swap baker and ayers for spence and mcclain on passing downs….problem solved…GO BUCS!!!!

  34. SoCoBucsFan Says:

    It’s crazy to think how worried people were about the LBs before the draft and now they’re arguably the best unit on this team. Koetter is all about having the best players on the fields. Echoing what many others have said before, maybe transitioning to a 3/4 isn’t a bad idea.

    Part of me feels as if that’s been the plan all along. Just looking at the players Licht and Co has drafted the past few years on defense. Spence is looking more like a LB than he is DE, referring to his smaller frame. He could still be a pass rush specialist but why not have fun moving him around from side to side putting him in the best possible position to play. Kid has a motor on him that’s for sure.

    Does anybody know about Bond is doing? There seemed to be a lot of people praising him, so I’m curious how he’s looking coming of the injury. Let’s not forget Riley Bullough, Mr. Hard Knocks. Is he worth keeping on the roster as well with such a deep LB corps? Convert him to an edge rusher/pass rush specialist?

    Isn’t it great to have depth.

  35. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Was that you at the game last Sunday Kobe Faker, wearing your Freeman jersey and screaming into a flip phone at your mother for moving your star wars collectables (toys) so she could clean your room?

    I thought that was you.

  36. USMC-BUC Says:

    Find a way to mix Glaton in on obvious passing downs, cannot possibly be worse then some of the trash starting at RDE/LDE.

  37. mike10 Says:

    Eli Manning, leaving that dude OUT TO DRY !

  38. Joe Says:

    Find a way to mix Glaton in on obvious passing downs, cannot possibly be worse then some of the trash starting at RDE/LDE.

    A trash can set up on the field is as reliable for getting an edge rush from all but one Bucs player (Noah Spence).

  39. RickiFortMyers Says:

    Those arguing for a 3-4 with Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David, Kendell Beckwith and Adarius Glanton (sic) at LB may not be far off. Remember, there was a past press conference where Mike Smith talked about getting the best 11 defenders on the field. That could well wind up being those four backers behind three d-linemen.